The Liberty women's tennis squad (2-1) looks to improve to 4-1 for the first time in program history, Saturday. The Lady Flames host Charlotte at 10 a.m. followed by Villanova at 3:30 p.m., with both matches being played at the Sports Racket.
Live stats will be available for both home matches on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats links on the women's tennis schedule/results page. Fans can also follow the contests through periodic Twitter updates from @LUGameday.
The Lady Flames jumped out to a quick 2-0 start in the season after defeating Wofford, 6-1 and North Carolina Central by a score of 6-1. Senior Brittany Yang is off to a strong start on the season, with a 2-0 singles record and a 2-0 doubles record. However, it is freshman Evangeline Crist that has paved the way for the early 2-1 start, leading the Lady Flames with a 3-0 record in singles play and a 3-0 record in doubles competition. Overall, Liberty is 12-6 in singles play and 6-3 in doubles matches to start the season.
Liberty is coming off of a tough loss at the hands of the Florida International Panthers, 4-3 on Sunday. The Lady Flames clawed back into the match after falling behind, 3-2. With Crist winning her set to tie the match at 3-3, it all came down to Emily Groeneveld, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native. Groeneveld fought hard but came up short, dropping both sets in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) as the Lady Flames fell to 2-1 on the year.
Liberty will look to get back on the right track on Saturday, starting off against Charlotte at 10 a.m. The Lady Flames and the 49ers have met twice before, splitting the series 1-1. The last contest went in favor of the Queen City school, defeating Liberty 4-2 at the Sports Racket on Feb. 9, 2013. Charlotte looks to start its season off with a win against the Lady Flames in the 49ers' season opener.
Liberty will have a quick turnaround Saturday, competing against Villanova at 3:30 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the Lady Flames and the Wildcats in program history. Villanova opens its season tomorrow at Longwood before traveling to the Hill City, Saturday, to take on Liberty at the Sports Racket.
Liberty Flames Sports Network's Alan York had a chance to catch up with women's tennis head coach Jeff Maren to talk about the season thus far and to preview the doubleheader this Saturday.